Oktoberbest: A Symposium On Teaching

Friday, October 21, 2022
7:45 AM - 5:00 PM


University Conference Center
1705 College Street
Close-Hipp Building, Suite 800
Columbia, SC 29208


Registration and Networking Breakfast is from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. The welcome address is at 8:45 a.m. and keynote address is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m.


Online registration for Oktoberbest will end Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

On-site Registration will be available.


The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching. All UofSC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to attend this free, in-person, one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching. At Oktoberbest you'll hear innovative teaching ideas and best practices implemented by your colleagues at UofSC. This teaching symposium features engaging and informative presentations on innovative approaches to teaching, assessments, course design, creative student learning opportunities, and successful implementation of new strategies and best practices.

Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at UofSC, but is not open to the general public.

** Registration Procedures Update **

In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance, the Center for Teaching Excellence requires that all registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register for all workshops.


If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete training record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available with a single account and login.

Keynote Speaker

Brandy Bryson, Ph.D., M.S.W. 
Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
Director, Inclusive Excellence
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Student Success
Appalachian State University


Dr. Brandy Bryson runs Inclusive Excellence Innovations, LLC. Dr. Bryson is a Professor of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University. She is also the Director of Inclusive Excellence in AppState’s faculty professional development center where she leads a team of 60 equity and inclusion faculty and staff on Inclusive Excellence efforts. Dr. Bryson teaches undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level courses that prepare educators and educational leaders to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in teaching and learning, scholarship, and leadership. As a national consultant, she works with a variety of institutions, organizations, and companies across the country, coaching senior leaders on leading diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and facilitating workshops with people in a variety of roles.

For the last decade, she has created curriculum and delivered DEI presentations and leadership coaching on topics such as: the connection between DEI and academic excellence; growth mindset and diversity; the Big 8 Identities; culturally relevant decision making for leaders; sustained and intergroup dialogue; strategies for allyship; trauma-informed practice; developing inclusive cultures; and many more topics at a variety of institutions and organizations. Dr. Bryson is a University of South Carolina alum where she received her Ph.D. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.